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Pre-school version of the Earth Charter

Adaptacion-CT-Implicate-2018Implicate+ is a group of educators from Spain and an Earth Charter Affiliate.

They have created an adaptation of the Earth Charter for Pre-school children, available in Spanish and Catalan.

You can download this publication here.

In addition, they have compiled a series of experiences with the Earth Charter in different education settings.

These stories are available in Catalan only:

Pre-school

Primary school

High school

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Kids from Spain explain what the Earth Charter is

The Values Foundation, Affiliate of the Earth Charter International in Spain, has created a very special video, where three kids explain what the Earth Charter is in a fun and engaging way.

For this organization, the Earth Charter, is a document and a participatory process that continues to create a global civil network throughout the planet. Children are part of this global network, and they have been given the opportunity to give their message, through this video.

We appreciate if you share this video with your networks and friends, it can be an interesting tool to be used in the classroom.  The video is in Spanish with English subtitles.

 

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The Earth Charter featured in the 4th Forum of Solidary Schools of Lleida, Spain

On 18th November 2017, the 4th Forum of Solidary Schools took place in Lleida, Spain, with the participation of teachers who promote values, solidarity and the Earth Charter in their classrooms.

Seventy participants enjoyed the various presentations and activities, among them the presentation “Unesco Projects in Tortosa”, by Mrs. Montserrat Esteve, President of the Unesco Tortosa Friends Association, who spoke about Community Service. The following are some experiences that were showcased during this forum:

– Implícate+ (“Get+involved”) with modding and sustainability. Presenters: Raúl Vallés and 1SMX Lérida INS Caparrella students.

– Community Service. Bridge between Generations. “We connect if we know each other”. Presenters: Teaching team and ESO 3rd grade INS Josep Lladonosa students. Organization: Lleida Down Association.

– “Get+involved” to improve the environment.  Presenters: Pedro Pifarré, Josep Maria Freije and primary school 2nd grade students of the Maristas Montserrat of Lleida High School.

– Your APS . Authors: Joan Dalmau and ESO 4th grade students of Maristas Montserrat of Lleida High School.

– “Get+involved” rebuilding cultures, transforming identities. Presenters: Juan Cuenca and Montse Remacha of INS Guissona de Guissona.

– Community Service. INS Joan Oró of Lérida.

– “Get+involved” with Bob the frog.  How to awaken tolerance from a tale. Presenter: Mónica Berenguer of the Municipal Kindergarten Albarés of Lleida.

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 The Forum organized by Implícate + (“Get + involved”) ECI Affiliated organization, was chaired by Mrs. Montserrat Macià, Director of the Institute of Lleida Studies; Mr. Miguel Ángel Cullerés Director of Lleida Territorial Education Services; and Mr. Oscar Castro, President of Lleida Friends of Unesco Association. Other collaborators were the UNESCO Education Commission of Lleida, and the Coordinator of ONGD and other Solidary Movements.

All attendees received a cut-out of the IV Pillar of the Earth Charter, “Democracy, non-violence and peace” during the closing of the Forum.

There are 46 teachers of 40 different educational centers involved in the Implícate + project.  This project aims at bringing about changes in the traditional education paradigm, promoting transversal teaching that goes beyond the formal contents and procedures, towards an active teaching that aims to make the students co-responsible for their future as citizens with an ethical and social commitment to achieve a decent future for all.

This project starte in Lleida, and has received awards from the Impulso Foundation and  Federico Mayor Zaragoza. It currently collaborates with the Earth Charter Initiative and is open to anyone willing to get involved.

This video presents a summary of the Forum:

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Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Youth Course starting on 15 January 2018

As our 4th Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Youth Course of 2017 comes to a close we celebrate all of the 23915868_927563170731022_7764568065994030483_nwonderful comments, opinions, and experiences participants have been able to share with each other on our course platform.

This 10-week online training programme seeks to prepare youth with the skills and knowledge to be a sustainability leader and implement Earth Charter-inspired action projects in their community, contributing towards a more sustainable and peaceful world.

This past course that ended on 20 November had participants from Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, and Spain. Participants implemented their workshops in their communities on various topics such as systems thinking, the Earth Charter and the SDGs, Sustainable Development, and much more.

Our next English online youth course will begin on 15 January- 26 March to ring in the new year with a deadline to apply by 2 January. For more information the course watch our video below and to apply please visit:

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Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Youth Course Ends! Find out dates for Courses in 2018!

Our third online youth course this year on Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics has ended with much energy and high participation!

This training programme is designed for young people, 18-35 years old, who aim to develop and expand their capacity as leaders in the creation of more just, sustainable, and peaceful societies. In  a way it contributes to the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD and with SDG 4.7

The programme invites participants to engage through an online platform, social media, and local actions to amplify their knowledge and skills in the critical areas of:

  • Leadership
  • Sustainability
  • Ecoliteracy
  • System Thinking
  • Ethics
  • Facilitation
  • The Earth Charter

This past English course started on 19 June and for 10 weeks participants engaged in the course content from their hometowns through the platform and their facebook group. During this course we had participants from Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Japan, India, Spain, US, UK, and the Netherlands. Just a few of the many workshops implemented to finish the program included; Sustainability Indicators in Banking in Nigeria, How to Apply Systems Thinking in our Day-to-Day lives, and Children and Sustainability in Cameroon.

Our final course for the year started on September 11- November 20 and will be facilitated in Spanish. The programme calls all youth leaders who speak Spanish to train themselves on becoming sustainability leaders in their communities and to strengthen their capacities in sustainability leadership. In this final training program for 2017 we have participants from Venezuela, Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, and Paraguay sharing their rich leadership experiences in each of their countries.

To apply for the next Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics course in English starting on January 15, 2018 please visit: http://earthcharter.org/events/leadership-sustainability-ethics-june-2017/

Deadline to apply is January 2, 2018.

For more information on the next course watch our video:

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Radio Programme in Spain broadcasts the Earth Charter

Zero Emission, the programme from Spain´s International radio, which is the only program in Spanish dedicated to sustainability, disseminates the Earth Charter in its regular transmissions. The director of the program, Ricardo Fraguas Poole, shares his experience in infusing the values and principles of the Earth Charter in its transmissions.

THE EARTH CHARTER AND JOHN LENNON´S ¨IMAGINE¨ FUSED ON ZERO EMISSION IN SPAIN´S INTERNATIONAL RADIO

By: Ricardo Fraguas Poole, Director of Zero Emission

EMISIÓN CERO RADIO INTERNACIONAL DE ESPAÑADear friends of The Earth Charter,

It is with great emotion, pride, and satisfaction that we are able to share with all of you that the message of the Earth Charter is our daily Creed at ZERO EMISSION, Spain´s International Radio program dedicated to the diffuse and promotion of Sustainability.

We cannot find a better way to begin our program than to reaffirm ourselves in what is articulated in the preamble of the Charter.

“We are one human family, with a common destiny.” “We live moments of privilege, to be able to govern in the right way our present and our future”. “Respect and protect Earth and nature, Universal Human Rights, economic justice and the culture of Peace”.

I am continuously thrilled every day, over and over again, by publicly diffusing these words and ideas, which fill our existence with meaning.

This is something I do with the intention of helping us to remember and to assume the privilege of exercising the genuine and sincere act of generous responsibility, of caring for one another, and of preserving the natural environment that gives us life.

We infuse each program in ZERO EMISSION, which I invite you to please consider as yours, the feelings and the values of the Earth Charter, along with the poem and song of John Lennon, “Imagine¨; we confirm that yes, we are dreamers. We believe and we know that we can make a better world for more people. We are not alone in this task. We are moving along. That each day we become more and more, and that we are succeeding in this task.

I am also pleased to share with all of EQUIPO DE EMISIÓN CERO1you the celebration of our first year of live transmissions as the only programme in Spanish dedicated to the promotion and awareness raising of Sustainability.  Our audience comes from five continents; they tune in through devices connected to the Internet, in Podcast version, and through frequencies in the associated stations of Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, and Spain.

On ZERO EMISSION we promote the decarbonization of industry and transport and support the actions and initiatives of the United Nations for sustainable development; as well as movements such as divestment, driven by our fellow media group The Guardian and Bill Mckibben.

You can find access and free downloading of all the programmes issued since October 2016 up to date in: http://www.radiointernacional.es/programas/emision-cero/

We hope and wish that all those who promote and use the Earth Charter can participate in our programme sharing your information and actions. As for us, we will continue to to the most we can with our informative work on Sustainability, in which we believe in and enjoy.

Congratulations on your work.

-Ricardo Fraguas Poole, Director of Emission Zero.

 

 

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The Call: A children’s story on the origin of the Earth Charter document

La CridaThe group ImplicaT +, from Spain, presents a children’s story about the origin of the Earth Charter document, in a very illustrative and easy to understand way aimed for children and adults. The story was created in Spain in its original language, Catalan.

 “Danger warning! The causes and effects of pollution in our environment.”

With this call begins a series of events in all corners of the world: a group of dolphins illustrates the perseverance they had in order to extend the call, as mentioned by the mother dolphin, “when we are convinced of something, no one can stop us “. The call could not be stopped, and it did not stop, thousands of voices were heard, and in 1997, the drafting of the Earth Charter document began.

The Earth Charter was developed by politicians, government’s representatives, ecologists, and people from different cultures and social status, who were conscious of the importance of doing something and taking action to change our ways of life and to become more sustainable, with the aim to preserve the future of our planet. Since then, thousands of people, governments and NGO´s have endorsed the document, expressing their interest in a better world.

This storybook is available for download at: http://cartadelatierra.org/biblioteca-virtual2/la-llamada/

(Translations available in English, Spanish, French, and Italian)

 

 

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Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Online Youth Course has Started and Next one in Spanish Begins 11 Sept!

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Our fifth Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics online youth course in English started on 19 June. With 25 youth representing over 13 nations we are thrilled to be interacting and engaging youth from so many countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Japan, India, Spain, US, UK, Netherlands, and Canada. The 10-week course will end on 28 August and will cover topics such as Leadership, Sustainability, Ecoliteracy, Systems Thinking, Ethics, Facilitation, the Earth Charter.

The course is being co-facilitated by Youth Projects Coordinator Christine Lacayo and Earth Charter Young Leaders, Victor Okechukwu from Nigeria and Rohdof Lactem from Cameroon.

We have some extremely inspiring and sharp youth in this course; representatives from UN Major Group for Children and Youth, 4 people from the National Union of Students in the UK, someone who is actively involved with the Agenda 21 in the Basque region of Spain, the head of a team of 8 passionate youth in Cameroon who form part of the Hope for the World Youth Association which seeks to bring hope to hopeless communities through entrepreneurship, youth capacity building programs, and someone from the Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) in Washington state, a non-profit organization on a small island making sustainable communities a reality by holding land in trust for residents of the island and building affordable homes for low income individuals.

Here are some inspiring quotes from the participants with the following forum question: When you dream about a better future, what are three things you envision?

“I envision a future where all basic needs are met. No one will worry about what they will eat, what they will wear, where they will live, or if they can afford to care for their medical needs. The future I envision has no place for greedy persons. There will be perfect leadership, exacting just judgments. In this world that I envision, no one will be convicted of crimes that they didn’t commit. If someone is disciplined or charged with something, they will have to acknowledge that the judgment pronounced on them was just and well deserved. I envision a world full of peace and true happiness. I believe that with the proper leadership and guidance this future will exist for mankind. I must take the first step to be the change that I want to see.” –Quaniqua Williams, USA

 

 

“I dream of a world where people are caring towards other people and other animals whom we share our planet with- there are so many injustices towards other human beings that is it difficult to think of a time where we will respect all humans and animals on this planet with equal rights to feel safe, secure and free in our world. Also where all humans understand the true meaning of peace and conflicts and war are no longer an issue. Ultimately where people and planet can thrive and where nature can support all human and animal life on the planet and the people can respect and support nature.” – Hannah Wiseman, UK

 

“A future in which human rights are respected. A future in which the basic needs of each individual are covered in a sustainable way. Where the production chain, starting with the procurement of the raw material, its handling, consumption and disposal is done in a responsible way and respecting the social and environmental rights of all involved.” – Itxaso Bengoechea Larrinaga, Spain

“The three most important things for a better future for me would be reduced economic inequalities within and between communities and countries, drastic decline in diseases such as malaria, cholera and HIV in developing countries and quality/affordable basic education for all children up until the tertiary level. I believe that if the world will truly become sustainable firstly we need to educate and equip as many people as possible in a short period of time. I believe that quality education will birth solutions that will unlock other Sustainable goals.”

– Olabanji Jackson-oke, Nigeria

Our next online youth training programme will be in Spanish and will begin on 11 September until 20 November. Deadline to apply is 28 August! Email Christine Lacayo, Youth Projects Coordinator if you are interested in registering for our next course: Youthcooridantor@earthcharter.orgLSE Spanish Sept

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Mapting Photo Contest Winners for International Biodiversity Day!

Congratulations to our three winners who participated in our Mapting photo competition for International Biodiversity Day held from 12- 22 May. With so many great images, it was difficult to narrow down our top 3 favorites. We were looking for captivating images with engaging titles as well as those who used the hashtag #BiodivirsityDay.

Our winners listed below will receive a solar lamp kit from LEDSafari, which will train them on how to build their own solar lamp. Thank you to all who participated in the competition!

 

 

 

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Reflections as the New Earth Charter Youth Projects Coordinator

By: Christine Lacayo

My first month of work ends and I’m excited to share some of my reflections!

As the Earth Charter Youth Projects ChristineECCoordinator, my main responsibility is to motivate, guide, and engage young people to create a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. What is the best way to do this? I think the beauty of this position is the flexibility and creativity the job requires. I have the ability to incorporate my passions and interests to expand and create new opportunities and stories. I’m excited to bring my passion for visual media and writing to collect all Earth Charter Youth actions and stories that are taking place around the world. As an ocean advocate, I would also like to continue sensitizing my community members on the importance of taking care of our ocean ecosystems!

Some of the main projects I’m focusing on now include promoting our app Mapting, used to take pictures of actions related the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have our next photo competition to celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity starting from 12-22 May.Mapting_FB_AD

I’m also facilitating our next online training programme for youth, Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics (LSE) starting 19 June. This 10-week course is designed to prepare and empower young people with the skills and knowledge to be effective ethical sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects.

One of my favorite roles of my job is having a group of Earth Charter Young Leaders, those who have completed the LSE course, from all over the world. These leaders are from countries such as St. Lucia, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Japan, Netherlands, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Rwanda, and Spain, just to name a few! My responsibility is to support them along their year commitment as an Earth Charter Young Leader implementing activities and workshops in their community.

I’m also diving into the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Leadership Training Programme created by esd-training-flierEarth Charter International for the UNESCO Global Action Program (GAP) on ESD focusing on priority area number 4: empowering and mobilizing youth. The training is designed for young people from 18-35 who are active leaders in sustainable development in their communities.  At the beginning of July, I will be co-facilitating the training programme in Brasilia, Brazil for selected young leaders from across Latin America!

I’m very excited to start this dynamic new job not to mention the stunning nature views and sounds from my office! I’m happy to be back in the country I grew up visiting as my second home while promoting a more peaceful and sustainable world using the skills and knowledge I’ve gained from my studies and experiences!IMG_0032

 

 

 

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